If you want to enjoy all the nice things about home while you’re traveling, a recreational vehicle is the perfect solution. In fact, some people love going camping in their RVs so much that they forego the traditional house or apartment and opt to live in their campers full-time! You can see places you’ve never seen before and change up your scenery any time you like.
While living in an RV is exciting and freeing, it can also be expensive if you don’t know how to budget and earn money along the way. Day Bros. RV Sales, with locations in London, Kentucky, and Lake Park, Georgia, is proud to be your local RV dealer. As such, we’ve provided these tips to help you stay within your means while RVing full-time.
Figure Out Your Budget
Your first step is to create a budget to determine how you’ll afford living in your RV. Your monthly budget should factor in all of your day-to-day expenses. These might include your RV payments, food, gasoline, insurance, maintenance, internet, phone, campground fees, and an emergency fund. If you’re transitioning to living in your RV full-time, then you won’t have to worry about monthly rent or property taxes, but other expenses will crop up in their place. Try to be realistic about what you expect to spend each month.
Determine Ways to Save Money
Once you’ve established how much money you’ll spend each month, you can start to look for ways to cut back and save a little more. If you’re still shopping for your RV, you can look into buying used or getting a smaller model with more basic amenities.
With the RV itself, you can alter your driving to help preserve fuel economy, by going more slowly and braking gently. Search for campgrounds with more affordable fees, or look into weekly rates rather than nightly rates.
Preparing more of your food in your camper kitchen rather than eating out is another great way to save cash. You can even shop in bulk and look for affordable produce at local farmer’s markets. If you do opt to eat meals out, try to go for breakfast or lunch instead of dinner, and look for coupons online or two-for-one/kids-eat-free meal specials.
Earning On The Road
You can’t really maintain a full-time itinerant lifestyle without a hefty savings account if you don’t have a means of earning money on the road. If you spend a lot of time on the road, you have a few different work options.
One way to earn money is to ask around at RV parks and campgrounds to see whether there may be any jobs you can do, like maintenance or serving as a guide. You might be able to teach classes if you have a particular skill. Local temporary labor is often advertised online or in newspapers, such as assistance with moving or setting up events.
There is always the allure of remote online work, which has blossomed in recent years, thanks to increased internet availability. Customer service, writing, editing, research, graphic design, website construction and sales are all great remote jobs that allow you to work from your camper with a laptop, a phone and a reliable internet connection.
Of course, you can’t start off on the path of full-time RV life without the RV to live in! Searching for an RV dealer near you? Come see us at one of our dealership locations in London, Kentucky, or Lake Park, Georgia. Day Bros. RV Sales proudly serves all of our customers in Kentucky and Georgia.